A Kenyan referee has lost a lifetime opportunity to officiate at the FIFA World Cup in Russia after he was exposed receiving a brie in a corruption sting.
The referee was video-graphed receiving a bribe of $600 (Shs2.2m) to reportedly influence the outcome of an international football match.
And as a result of this revelation contained in an expose aired by the BBC on Wednesday, Aden Range Marwa has reportedly ruled himself out of officiating at the 2018 Fifa World Cup which begins next week in Russia.
Marwa would have earned Shs90 million for officiating at the global football showpiece.
The expose was produced the mysterious Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw.
The video clip shows Marwa alongside dozens of other match officials and senior football administrators receiving money, in contravention of Fifa’s code of ethics.
The footage shows Marwa, a Mathematics and Chemistry teacher at Komotobo Secondary School in Kuria, Migori county, receiving the cash (in dollar bills) inside what appears to be a hotel room.
At the time, he is clad in the official referee track uniform complete with the Fifa badge.
His accuser claims the video was taken during the 2018 Africa Nations Champions hosted in Morocco in January and February.
Interestingly, the Kenyan match official is heard in the clip acknowledging the cash as a ‘gift’ and even seems all too keen to extend the friendship.
He tells someone who is not visible on camera: “You know, thank you for the gift but the most important is friendship, getting to know each other.”
FIFA has now confirmed the official will not be part of the World Cup tournament.
“Please be informed that the assistant referee Adel Range Marwa has informed Fifa that he resigns from his role as assistant referee at the upcoming World Cup.”
Marwa was one of the two officials from East Africa summoned to officiate the world cup. The other is Burundi’s Jean Claude Birumushahu.